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Good Visual Skills

GOOD VISUAL SKILLS — GOOD VISION

Good visual skills are necessary for efficient information processing. When processing visual information is difficult, one may “try harder,” straining without even knowing it because the effort is subconscious. If the visual system is inefficient, every task can seem difficult, using more energy than required. Visual skills affected by Traumatic Brain Injury include:

Tracking: the ability of the eye to move smoothly across a printed page or while following a moving object.

Fixation: quickly and accurately locating and inspecting a series of stationary objects, such as words while reading.

Focus Change: looking quickly from far to near and back without blur.

Depth perception: judging relative distances of objects – how far or near they are.

Peripheral vision: monitoring and interpreting what is happening in the surrounding field of vision

Binocularity: using both eyes together as a team – smoothly, equally and accurately.

Maintaining attention: keeping focused on a particular activity while interference, such as noise, is present.

Visualization: accurately picturing images in the “mind’s eye,” eye retaining and storing them for future recall.

Near vision acuity: clearly, seeing, inspecting, identifying and understanding objects viewed within arm’s length.

Distance acuity: clearly seeing, inspecting, identifying and understanding objects viewed at a distance.

Vision perception: understanding what is seen.